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College Life vs. Adult Life…

College life vs. Adult life

There comes a time in life where you look around and think…wow….I am an adult.  I am the most adult in any given situation.  You look to find someone more adultinger than you and find none.  You. Are. It.  This got me thinking about my carefree college days.  How life was so different then.  Dare I say simple?  Working part-time, going to classes, hanging with friends, staying up late.  Adult life is vastly different.  This prompted me to take a look at the two and their differences.  Here they are in no particular order.

Night Life

Adult Life

Making it till 8 pm is the nightlife because regardless of sleep job starts at 7 am.

College Life

Stays up until 2 am because the said student does not have an early class.

Vacations

Adult Life

Finding a lovely hotel that my family can enjoy with nearby amenities such as parks and fun places to take kids.

College Life

Finds the cheapest hotel room near a body of water that will be split between the 23 other people being snuck into the hotel room the only amenity is a bar nearby with dollar drink specials.

Raman Noodles

Adult Life

Serves Raman noodles in a fancy oriental dish found on Pinterest.

College Life

The main staple in any college kids diet.

Bills

Adult Life

They arrive every month like clockwork.  You miss a payment or are a day late you will get harassing phone calls 45 times a day asking for payment

College Life

You don’t make enough money to have bills.

Gas

Adult Life

You fill up your car or van on the weekends to have enough gas to last the week.

College Life

On average, you put in $5.43 in gas into your car just to get you through.

Coffee

Adult Life

Is able to afford the fancy, high-end coffee on a daily basis.

College Life

Coffee in the cheapest form is consumed in mass quantities.

Housing

Adult Life

Has a mortgage on a nice piece of property or you pay rent on time every month.

College Life

You and three roommates share a dwelling smaller than most jail cells and then share a bathroom with 36 of your closest dorm friends.

Work

Adult Life

Adults work and enjoy life.  Paid vacations and a retirement plan.

College life

Work to live.  Usually a pay by the hour type of job with no benefits.

Food

Adult Life

Has to manage calories, carbs and not getting heartburn.

College Life

Has an iron stomach and can eat the lowest grade of food and not be bothered.

Vehicles

Adult Life

Has a nice reliable vehicle (the mom van perhaps) and does regular maintenance.

College Life

Drives a beater box that has not seen an oil change since Reagan was in office.

Exercise

Adult Life

Needs to exercise to live

College Life

Lives to exercise.

Would you go back?

 

 

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9 Comments

  1. Pero

    With this experience , in a heart beat , would make myself filthy rich . With today’s knowledge and experience and let’s say 20 years younger body , heaven is the limit

    1. beachchairtracy

      So true!

  2. Marko

    No , not a chance , not even for a 100 mil $

    1. beachchairtracy

      I loved dorm life! I would do that again! I keep telling my husband when we get old we are going to find the rowdiest old folks home and go move in!

  3. Rosie

    My college days weren’t that fun, I was working three jobs while keeping up on my classes. (Worked financial aid office, then would go to a person’s house to babysit after first job and also type papers for people at the babysitting job, and cleaned houses on the weekend). I still had so little money that I often had no food for the weekend (dorm food was mon-fri) and recall meals of ketchup on bread. These are funny comparisons, though, and it is amazing how much college kids do grow up and turn into adults like their parents!

    1. beachchairtracy

      You are to be commended for working so hard! There needs to be more people who are not afraid of hard work to get to a goal!

  4. Both have good and bad sides. For me the bits I did not appreciate about college life at the time as much as I would now is the freedom to decide what to do, where to go and who with. Adult life or at least married life here seems loaded with restrictions one way or another. College was a 14th century building on the river so I should count the blessings of yesteryear! #BloggerClubUK
    Coffee and noodles both pleasures then and now!

    1. beachchairtracy

      I loved dorm life. I enjoyed being a student. However, as an adult I love having income to do what I want. I love being a wife and mom. Just a natural process!

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